Something New: Motown Lost & Found

Something New: Motown Lost & Found

by Mary Wells
     
 

As one of the first signees to the Motown label, a young Mary Wells helped define the early sound of the label that would change the tides of American music forever. Though she left the label at the peak of her popularity in late 1964, Wells wrote and recorded feverishly in her four short years at Hitsville U.S.A., leaving behind a vault of unreleased recordings along… See more details below

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As one of the first signees to the Motown label, a young Mary Wells helped define the early sound of the label that would change the tides of American music forever. Though she left the label at the peak of her popularity in late 1964, Wells wrote and recorded feverishly in her four short years at Hitsville U.S.A., leaving behind a vault of unreleased recordings along with her well-known chart-toppers. Enter Something New: Motown Lost & Found. This collection gathers together 47 tracks, about half of which are completely unreleased archival material and the other half are previously unreleased stereo mixes of songs that found release in various places over the years. The weighty collection shows that Mary's creative trajectory walked a remarkably similar path as that of the Motown label as a whole. The set begins with smooth and soulful post-doo wop numbers from 1961 recording sessions. The girl group soul of "Why Do You Want to Let Me Go" fades into a series of collaborations with Smokey Robinson like the happy-go-lucky calypso tinge of "To Lose You" and the smoky heartbreak of "My Heart Is Like a Clock." As the months burned on and Motown began to explode into worldwide popularity, Wells grew into the Motown sound. Tracks like "Have a Little Patience (And Wait)" feature backing vocals by the Supremes and capture the mixture of caffeinated soul and youthful rock & roll that Motown owned the trademark to. The same 1963 sessions yielded coulda-been-hits like "Free from Your Spell" and the spirited "Your Loss, My Gain," which later became a hit for Wells as "You Lost the Sweetest Boy." The set is rounded out by seven duets with Marvin Gaye and a host of standard tunes from the era when Berry Gordy was pushing his artists toward more adult material. Gordy's attempt to win over the fanfare (and larger expendable incomes) of the sophisticated supper club set resulted in some of the more questionable Motown material, and Wells' loungy standards are lacking when compared to the teenage kicks of the other material here. Even four tunes backed by the Four Tops can't completely save the dip in energy and vibe for the second half of Something New. That said, this collection will be a must for Motown completists, and soul fans will appreciate the spirit of fun and camaraderie captured in the earlier soul tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602537117758
catalogNumber:
001728502
Rank:
133265

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. (You Can) Depend on Me  - Mary Wells
  2. Why Do You Want to Let Me Go  - Mary Wells
  3. Money (That's What I Want)  - Mary Wells
  4. Is It Me or Is It You  - Mary Wells
  5. I've Got a Story  - Mary Wells
  6. Guarantee (For a Lifetime)  - Mary Wells
  7. To Lose You  - Mary Wells
  8. Cinderella (It's Twelve O'Clock)  - Mary Wells
  9. When Your Lover Comes Back  - Mary Wells
  10. I Want You 'Round  - Mary Wells
  11. My Heart Is Like a Clock  - Mary Wells
  12. Goodbye and Good Luck  - Mary Wells
  13. Forgive and Forget  - Mary Wells
  14. I'll Be Available  - Mary Wells
  15. Can You Fix It (My Broken Heart)  - Mary Wells
  16. Have a Little Patience (And Wait)  - Mary Wells
  17. Free from Your Spell  - Mary Wells
  18. My World of Dreams  - Mary Wells
  19. Your Loss, My Gain (You Lost the Sweetest Boy)  - Mary Wells
  20. Strange Love  - Mary Wells
  21. Prove It  - Mary Wells
  22. One Block from Heaven  - Mary Wells
  23. That's Why I Love You (Like I Do)  - Mary Wells
  24. Drop in the Bucket  - Mary Wells
  25. Everybody Needs Love  - Mary Wells
  26. Honey Boy  - Mary Wells
  27. When I'm Gone  - Mary Wells

Disc 2

  1. Back in My Arms  - Mary Wells
  2. All I Got  - Mary Wells
  3. You Can Dance  - Mary Wells
  4. I'm Yours, You're Mine  - Mary Wells
  5. Oh Lover  - Mary Wells
  6. Let's Talk It Over  - Mary Wells
  7. In Case You Need Love  - Mary Wells
  8. The Second Time Around  - Mary Wells
  9. This Is Something New  - Mary Wells
  10. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face  - Mary Wells
  11. Again  - Mary Wells
  12. Can't Get Out of This Mood  - Mary Wells
  13. The Party's Over  - Mary Wells
  14. I Wanna Be Around  - Mary Wells
  15. I Remember You  - Mary Wells
  16. Teach Me Tonight  - Mary Wells
  17. Secret Love  - Mary Wells
  18. All I Do Is Dream of You  - Mary Wells
  19. Always  - Mary Wells
  20. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening  - Mary Wells

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Wells   Primary Artist
Four Tops   Vocals,Background Vocals
Supremes   Background Vocals
Temptations   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Duet
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Mary Wells   Composer
Andre Williams   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Johnny Allen   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Riley Hampton   String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer,Producer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Lionel Newman   Composer
Obie O'Brien   Remixing
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Mike Valvano   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Sylvester Potts   Composer,Producer
Ronald White   Composer,Producer
Stu Hackel   Liner Notes
Robert Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Seth Foster   Mastering
Alan Lerner   Composer
Michele Horie   Producer,Art Direction
Keith Hughes   Track Annotations
Paul Webster   Composer
Teresa Tsuzaki   Licensing
Sadie Vimmerstedt   Composer
Betty Leshman   Composer
Joe Marles   Composer
Slyvesters Potts   Producer

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